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Tariq A. Al Maeena


How fake news becomes ‘fact’

These days, the lines between truth and fiction have indeed been blurred. What we see or what we read is often a misrepresentation of facts, and yet we tend to not question them. Politicians have taken advantage of such human frailties as they continue to manipulate the truth through their outlandish boasts, or try to justify their actions, or else seduce us with schemes for making the world a better place. The current government of the apartheid state of Israel is a good example of a country that continuously spreads falsehoods as facts.There’s an old Jewish proverb that says: ‘What...

An address should carry respect

During the Iraq War of 2003, I was seated with a group at a coffee shop in the Sheraton hotel when we were approached by some American soldiers who had arrived in Saudi Arabia a couple of days earlier. “Hey, you ragheads,” yelled one of them, “Where’s some action around here?”Ragheads? That was a new one to most of us, but it didn’t take us long to figure out the slur behind those words. Notwithstanding the fact that it was said by a cherubic and innocent-looking young soldier on his first overseas duty, we made it very clear to him...

Schools in Saudi Arabia need urgent reforms

As the summer holidays wind down and children and parents begin a feverish rush to prepare for the new school year in Saudi Arabia, some of the outstanding issues continue to surface. The debate continues over the quality of government-funded schools, the top-heavy bureaucracy, lack of proper facilities in schools and quite often their location.International and privately-run schools have attempted to fill the gap at a stiff price. Parents have been busy seeking to enrol their young ones in schools that do away with all such flaws, in search of an appropriate learning haven for their children.However, a recent incident...

Making Haj affordable for all is essential

Many people who have committed to perform Haj this year — the most arduous requirement for Muslims — are preparing for the task. Many Muslims save and plan extensively for this journey, while others make the pilgrimage more than once if they are able to.The requirements for performing the pilgrimage are as follows:n They must have maturity and a sound mind, in order to understand the significance of the pilgrimage experience;n They must have the physical capability to travel and perform the pilgrimage rites;n They must demonstrate financial stability, be free of debt, so that they are able to bear...
1 month 1 week

US should watch out for the enemy within

If the rest of the world is at a loss to understand why United States foreign policy towards the Middle East is held hostage by the whims of Israel, then they would have to understand the covert actions that dictate such policies through a series of spying, lobbying and the distribution of money to fund policy-makers. These spies are not your undercover foreign agents. These operatives are Americans who publicly proclaim their allegiance to their flag. They could be your next-door neighbours, mowing the lawn on a Saturday morning or throwing a couple of steaks on the barbecue. But deep...
1 month 2 week

No place for nepotism in Saudi Arabia

The slow-moving state of affairs at Jeddah Airport keeps grating the patience of even the most enduring of people. So many promises about the opening date for the airport just remain that — promises! While the airport authorities did indeed have a soft opening three months ago, it remained stuck at that — a soft opening. Meanwhile, in the heat of summer, most of the residents of Jeddah have to utilise the decrepit and rundown facilities at the airport’s old terminal buildings.When the government began rounding up businessmen and public figures for corruption and crimes against the state last November,...

1 month 3 week

Saudi Arabia stands for positive change

So what has changed in Saudi Arabia? This is a question I am often asked by visiting journalists on the rapidly moving landscape of Saudi Arabia. And with the passage of time, I find my answers adapting to a more voluminous response.So, what has changed, you may wonder.A lot, I say — and for the better. Ever since Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman revealed his Vision 2030 to the Kingdom, Saudi Arabia has not looked back.Internally, the Kingdom leapfrogged over decades of fundamental stagnation and moral dilemmas that wrapped every aspect of the day-to-day living of the people. From the...
2 month 10 hour

Honesty is indeed the best policy

We are taught at a very young age that honesty is the best policy. In a nutshell, it means being honest and true all through our lives — even in difficult situations. Being honest provides mental peace to a person. An honest person is generally happy and peaceful because he or she does not have to live with guilt. Being honest with everyone in our life helps us to get mental peace because we do not have to remember the lies we may have told people in order to save ourselves.In the past few months, a topic at many social...
2 month 1 week

To help Palestinians, all sides need to come together

Contrary to prevalent belief in some circles, there is a strong wave of opposition from many American Jewish organisations, as well as individuals, to Israel’s apartheid and blatantly racist policy against Palestinians. They reject the current Israeli expansion through terrorism, by targeting Palestinian children with bullets to achieve the aim of forcing Palestinians out of their own land.Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is an American organisation inspired by fair Jewish tradition to work for the freedom, equality and dignity of all the people of Israel and Palestine. This organisation is increasingly alarmed at the escalation of violence directed at hapless...

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Why the idea of nationalism is misplaced

There is a growing feeling of nationalism in Saudi Arabia, one that has begun to view expatriates more as a burden than a vital part of the machinery that runs the country. As one who has been a proponent of the authorities granting citizenship or permanent residency to long-term residents who have contributed positively to Saudi society, I often find myself at odds with other nationals who feel my views are misguided.A Saudi businessman who disapproved of my views argued that by opening up the doors to immigrants, the Kingdom would be flooded by individuals who would do little to...
2 month 3 week

Rising Arab divorce rates a cause for concern

At a luncheon the other day, a social scientist brought up the alarming rate of divorces among the young, especially those below the age of 25, in Saudi Arabia. A volunteer at a women’s charitable organisation, she was a witness first-hand to the trials of such break-ups and at such early stages in life. And the numbers are not encouraging.The number of divorce cases in Saudi Arabia has exponentially grown in recent years. According to Saudi Open Data, 35,000 divorce cases were reported in 2015 and 40,000 in 2016. Statistics released by the Justice Ministry indicate that the number of...
2 month 4 week

Taking to the wheel in Saudi Arabia

June 24, 2018, will be marked as a significant date in Saudi history. For it is on this date that female residents of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive their vehicles legally.It has been a long journey to get to this point — one more victory of resistance from hardline fundamentalists, who, for decades, had objected to the notion that women be granted such rights. Women had in the past been a subject of great debate with many clerics favouring their exclusion form a variety of rights, with driving being among the top.When King Salman Bin...